Eric Granholm, Ph.D. 



Contact Information

3350 La Jolla Villa Drive
San Diego, CA
T: (858) 552-8585 ext. 7768
F: (858) 642-6416


Dr. Granholm is Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD and Associate Chief of Psychology and Director of the Center Of Recovery Education (CORE) treatment program at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. At UCLA, he conducted research on neuropsychology, pupillometry, social skills training and family therapy for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Since joining the faculty at UCSD in 1993, Dr. Granholm has been an active basic and clinical researcher in the areas of neuropsychology, pupillometry, ecological momentary assessment, mobile interventions and cognitive behavior therapy in consumers with schizophrenia. He developed Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training (CBSST) and has conducted several clinical trials of CBSST for schizophrenia.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Granholm’s recent research has primarily focused on clinical trials of interventions to improve functioning and recovery outcomes in schizophrenia. He developed an intervention called Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training (CBSST), which combines two evidence-based psychotherapy interventions, cognitive behavior therapy and social skills training, and has conducted several clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of CBSST for improving negative symptoms and functioning in schizophrenia. The evidence for the efficacy of CBSST has been evaluated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and was found to be sufficient to list CBSST on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) website: His mobile intervention research, uses ecological momentary assessment (EMA), which involves mobile cell phone delivery of assessment questionnaires and cognitive behavioral interventions in real time in the real world multiple times per day.

Dr. Granholm’s basic neurocognitive and psychophysiology research has focused on the broad investigation of the relationships between neurocognition and aging, symptoms, and real-world community functioning in consumers with schizophrenia. His current basic research examines associations between dysfunctional attitudes, amotivation, and goal-directed task effort, using pupillary responses as an index of task effort allocation; the extent of age-related decline on neurocognitive measures; and relationships between dysfunctional attitudes, negative symptoms, neurocognition, and functional outcome in consumers with schizophrenia.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Granholm is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Center Of Recovery Education (CORE) program at the VASDHS. The CORE is a psychosocial rehabilitation program that provides comprehensive evidenced-based psychotherapy and skills training, supported employment, wellness activities, family interventions and medication management within a recovery model orientation for Veterans with psychotic disorders. His primary clinical focus is on cognitive-behavioral and social skills training interventions and neuropsychological assessment for seriously mentally ill consumers. He is also an active clinical supervisor and teacher of psychology interns, JDP practicum students, psychiatry residents, and post-graduate fellows from multiple disciplines (psychology, social work, vocational rehabilitation, occupational therapy, psychiatric nursing, and psychiatry).



  • Granholm, E., Holden, J.L., Link, P., & McQuaid, J.R. (2014). Randomized Clinical Trial of Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia: Improvement in Functioning and Experiential Negative Symptoms. Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, EPub/PMID: 24911420.
  • Granholm, E., Holden, J., Link, P. C., McQuaid, J. R., & Jeste, D. V. (2013). Randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral social skills training for older consumers with schizophrenia: Defeatist performance attitudes and functional outcome. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21, 251-262.
  • Granholm, E., McQuaid, J.R., McClure, F.S., Auslander, L.A., Perivoliotis, D. Pedrelli, P., Patterson, T. & Jeste, D.V. (2005). A randomized, controlled trial of cognitive behavioral social skills training for middle-aged and older patients with chronic schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 520-529.
  • Granholm, E., Ben-Zeev, D., Link, P., Bradshaw, K., & Holden, J. (2012) Mobile Assessment and treatment for schizophrenia (MATS): A pilot trial of an interactive text-messaging intervention for medication adherence, socialization, and auditory hallucinations. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38(3), 414-425.
  • Granholm, E., Loh, C., & Swendsen, J. (2008). Feasibility and validity of computerized ecological momentary assessment in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34(3), 507-514.
  • Granholm, E., Ben-Zeev, D., Fulford, D., Swendsen, J. (2013). Ecological momentary assessment of social functioning in schizophrenia: Impact of performance appraisals and affect on social interactions. Schizophrenia Research, 145(1-3), 120-4.
  • Granholm, E., Verney, S.P., Perivoliotis, D. & Muira, T. (2007). Effortful cognitive resource allocation and negative symptom severity in chronic schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 33, 831-842.
  • Granholm, E., Morris, S., Asarnow, R. F., Chock, D., & Jeste, D. V. (2000). Accelerated age-related decline in processing resources in schizophrenia: Evidence from pupillary responses recorded during the span of apprehension task. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 30-43.
  • Granholm, E., Morris, S.K., Sarkin, A.J., Asarnow, R.F. & Jeste, D.V. (1997). Pupillary responses index overload of working memory resources in schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 106,(3), 458-467.
  • Books

  • Granholm, E., McQuaid, J.R., & Holden, J. (2015). Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training (CBSST): A Practical Guide and Consumer Workbook. New York: Guilford Press.